August 19, 2009 |
Venus Williams ' tuneup for the U.S. Open hit a surprising roadblock Tuesday with a 1-6, 7-5, 6-4 loss to Kateryna Bondarenko in the second round of the Rogers Cup in Toronto. Williams, seeded third, lost to an opponent ranked No. 64. Williams was playing at this tournament for the first time since 1997 when she was 17. She has lost all three of her matches at the Rogers Cup. Kim Clijsters cruised past Elena Baltacha , 6-3, 6-4, advancing in her second tournament since taking more than two years off to have a child, and Samantha Stosur defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova , 6-4, 6-3. Gilles Simon won his second-round match, 7-6 (5)
September 6, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka, seeded fifth, knocked unseeded Serena and Venus Williams out of the U.S. Open women's doubles, 6-4, 6-2 in the semifinals Friday. Serena Williams, who had first beaten fifth-seeded Li Na of China in a women's singles semifinal, took about an hour break and then went out onto Arthur Ashe Stadium to play doubles with her sister. But it seemed Venus was more tired that Serena. She put many volleys into the net and struggled getting her first serve in. Venus and Serena only play doubles at Grand Slam events and the Olympics and therefore are usually unseeded, yet they've won 13 major titles and three Olympic gold medals together.
August 26, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- Venus Williams, unseeded at the U.S. Open, where she is a two-time winner, upset 12th-seeded Kirsten Flipkens from Belgium on Monday in the first round of the tournament by the straightforward score of 6-1, 6-2 in 1 hour, 24 minutes. Williams hasn't gotten past the second round here the past two years after she announced she was suffering from an immune system disease called Sjogren's Syndrome, Wearing a flower-patterned dress and her hair dyed pink to match some of the flowers, Williams played nothing like a lady who was ready to garden.
November 2, 2012 |
Venus Williams was dancing on the court during an exhibition victory in Lagos, Nigeria, over younger sister Serena, who wasn't in nearly as good a mood. The Southern Californian siblings are on a two-nation tour promoting women's rights in Africa, where the elder Williams picked up a 6-4, 7-5 victory on Friday in 91-degree heat on the clay courts of the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club. “For me to get a win against Serena, it means 2013 is going to be a great year,” said Venus, who at one point took a moment between games to dance to “Oliver Twist” by Nigerian singer D'banj.
August 28, 2012 |
NEW YORK -- Venus Williams, who announced at the U.S. Open a year ago that she suffered from an autoimmune condition known as Sjogren's Syndrome, a disease that can be strength-sapping, is doing what she promised when she made that announcement. Playing tennis still. Williams, 32, a two-time winner of the U.S. Open, advanced to the second round Tuesday with an authoritative thumping of fellow American Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 6-3, 6-1. Williams started slowly, losing the first two games of the match, but with many in the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd shouting, "Let's go Venus," Williams picked up her powerful pace.
June 16, 2011 |
Venus Williams lost to Daniela Hantuchova , 6-2, 5-7, 6-2, in the quarterfinals at Eastbourne, England, on Thursday, exiting a day after her sister, Serena , was defeated but still pleased with her Wimbledon preparation in her return to tennis. Both sisters are back after lengthy injury breaks. Venus was playing her first event in five months since retiring because of hip and abdominal injuries during the Australian Open in January. Venus said she heads to Wimbledon with plenty of confidence as she targets a sixth title at the All England Club.
April 3, 2010
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Serena Williams cupped a hand to her mouth and hollered from her front-row seat, like any other fan hoping to see a better match. Or at least see Venus Williams win a point. Kim Clijsters claimed another trophy in her career comeback Saturday by beating the older Williams 6-2, 6-1 in the final of the Sony Ericsson Open. The match was even more lopsided than the score might suggest. Clijsters won 17 consecutive points in the second set, the equivalent of more than four games.
June 23, 2009 |
TODAY'S FEATURED MATCHES (world rankings in parentheses) Venus Williams (3), United States vs. Stefanie Voegele (98), Switzerland The queen hasn't lost here since the third round in 2006 when records indicate she fell to Jelena Jankovic by 6-4 in a third set. It's clear by now that on that day they just counted up the score wrong. Andy Murray (3), Britain vs. Robert Kendrick (76), U.S. Kendrick led Rafael Nadal by two sets in the second round in 2006.
July 2, 2009 |
TODAY'S FEATURED MATCHES Women's semifinals; world rankings in parentheses: Venus Williams (3) vs. Dinara Safina (1), Russia Williams has played a brand of grass-court tennis so superb there have been moments when the stadium speakers ought to have played Mozart. Safina has conducted trademark raging battles with herself such that there've been moments when the stadium speakers ought to have played AC/DC. (Williams leads head to head, 2-1, with no previous Grand Slam meetings.
June 25, 2011 |
A bit of protective taping peeked out from under the flouncy bottom of Venus Williams' jumper. Her upper leg was wrapped tightly, and once or twice Williams seemed to give a little grimace and tug at that leg. But then Williams would extend her 6-foot-1 body, reach across the court and swallow up one of the ground strokes sent uncertainly toward her from Spanish opponent Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, and when Williams reached the ball, it...